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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Lithuania has decided to ban the broadcasting of Russian TV for a year

Commission on television and radio of Lithuania for at least a year will suspend free broadcasting in the country programs “RTR-Planeta”, despite the visit of the representatives of the Russian TV channel, which is expected on Wednesday, February 14. According to the Chairman of the Lithuanian Commission Edmundas the Vaitiekunas, all terms of solving the problem — has expired.

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It is curious that residents of Lithuania, among which the TV program was popular, called for a mass boycott of local television operators and to use the services of the Internet.

According to the Lithuanian side, the sanctions against the Russian TV channel will be introduced because of “repeated violations” related to “incitement to war, strife and ethnic hatred.” First and foremost, the claims of Lithuania concerned the evening political talk shows with the participation of experts, which are rather sharply expressed on various topics.

We will remind that earlier in Lithuania stop the broadcast of RTR Planeta for three months in 2015 and 2016. Both times, the claims related appearances in the talk show of the state Duma Deputy Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

We have all legal grounds to adopt a decision on suspension of broadcasting. Guests come from Russia. They seem to provide some explanations, comments. In any case the Commission decides to suspend broadcasts or to make other decisions. We have already informed the European Commission that “RTR-Planet”, that its decision may suspend broadcast for a period of 12 to 18 months – said the Lithuanian journalists the Chairman of the Commission on radio and television of Lithuania Edmundas the Vaitiekunas.

To resolve the issue with the broadcasting of “amicably” in spite of the visit by the Russian officials, apparently will not succeed. Since, according to Vaitiekunas, by law, all terms, when it would be possible to negotiate with the Commission, has expired.

At the same time holding VGTRK also said that censor their materials at the request of the Commission would not. According to head of the Directorate of international relations RTR Peter Fedorov, remove fragments from a talk show that Lithuania might be offensive, is simply impossible.

Is talk show, this is live, the opinion of the program participants may or may not coincide with the editorial policy of the RTR. But, most importantly, in editorial policy, is completely deprived of the all-Russian political censorship for invited guests and the General programmes, — informed he said.

By the way, a decision on another “sanctions” against the Russian TV channel provoked a storm of criticism and among Lithuanian viewers.

“Because of such decisions I urge all sensible people EN masse to abandon TV service operators. View how to sing…»

“Someone says that North Korea is not democratic, there are all prohibited. Just watch its prohibitions do not become the same. People are smart and know what is good and what is evil.”

“Such a ban, nothing will. Perhaps that will increase the percentage of dissatisfied. Who watched, he will continue to watch. There are many other possibilities…»

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